Woodley parkrun Event #338

Run Report By: Clare Sheppard
Photos By: Kevin Lewington
Published By: Emily Mason

Woodley is back!

Today, was event 338 after 4 weeks of being closed. I have to confess, on my trip around the course today, I couldn’t quite work out what had been done in the 4 weeks, other than the pond looking very muddy rather than pond like in places and there being some temporary fencing still on the downhill stretch towards the end of the lap. It seems we may have to close again later in the year, forcing us all out of our beds earlier, which I know many of us found a challenge! Fingers crossed it will be during the brighter lighter mornings which may make it a bit easier to venture out before 8.45am. While we were closed, many made long trips to Reading, Dinton, Prospect and the first few events at California Country parkrun. Some braved further afield with a journey up the M4 to Higginson park in Marlow. I am sure there are some more exotic locations ticked off, but it did help me with my parkrun alphabet challenge at least.

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So, event 338, was, in the words of Winnie the Pooh, ‘a rather blustery day.’ In fact while I was looking for references from said Bear, I found so many poignant quotes from him that can be applied to parkrun life, I challenge you to look up Winnie the Pooh quotes, and I challenge even the tough hearted ones of you not to be slightly moved by them when you think about your friends, the community and the way of life you come to live when you introducing running and parkrun into it.

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Anyway, today, there were 164 people who took part in Woodley’s return. I took part as tail walker, which is my first time in this role. I am running Reading Half Marathon tomorrow and thought it sensible to volunteer rather than end up in competition with a buggy (I never win that one!). Many of the other volunteers and participants are also taking part, and some in Fleet half marathon. Good luck to everyone tomorrow, and lets hope if it’s still windy, it is at least behind us all the way. There were some tourists from Stratford Upon Avon, Scotland and Islington. There were many others quietly touristing, as there were 11 parkrunners who were new to Woodley but not new to parkrun. We had 3 brand new to parkrun today who chose to come to us. I hope you enjoyed it, and hope to see you back next week too. 10 people got a PB today, well done all, did the wind help? I rather think it wouldn’t have done, it was mostly in my face as I recall, so an extra well done for pushing hard against that wind! Michael Parkinson ran his 50th today, and Michelle Demetriou, Julion Hough and my hubby Mark Sheppard all ran their 99th, so big celebrations next week? Michael Southerton did 350 today, which is just incredible. Well done to all for all your personal achievements today.

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The hard work of Ian McGuinness re barcoding the tokens while we were away was appreciated today as all barcodes scanned with succession this week. However, he will be disappointed to learn that 3 tokens were taken home. If you have them please return them to us as we need them next week!

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This week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Nigel S HOULT • David SAYER • David LEWIS • Neil FENWICK • Jenny BOXWELL • Adrian Nicholas BLAKEY • Juliet FENWICK • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Clare SHEPPARD • Lorna MCLEOD • Jacqueline BOWLES • Richard MASON • Hilary RENNIE • Emily MASON • Stephanie Karen BIRD • Sarah DREW • Sarah HILLING • Kevin LEWINGTON • Katie PERKINS • Geoff WHITE • Gia MIDDLETON • Grant HOPKINS • Simon ARTHUR • Rob THOMPSON • Anne BLAKELEY • Iain MACKENZIE • Brian OXBROUGH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 25th December 2018 (event number 330).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 9,319 participants have completed 85,791 parkruns covering a total distance of 428,955 km, including 14,381 new Personal Bests. A total of 790 individuals have volunteered 6,988 times.

 

Woodley parkrun #337…..until we meet again….

Run Report by: Rob Widdis
Published by: Joanne Kent.

Photos by: Various - no volunteer photographer this week, so please enjoy a selection from past events.

A Saturday of mixed emotions. As much as I love pacing, it wasn't
possible to ignore the fact that this is our last parkrun at Woodley for
a few weeks.

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I'll be getting maudlin about Woodley parkrun in a minute, so firstly let me talk about pacing. I'm an average parkrunner. Give me a field of x number of parkrunners, and on an average day, I'll finish somewhere in the middle. Pacing gives me an opportunity to help other people achieve whatever targets they might have, purely by running to a target time, thereby allowing me to feel better about my own running. I have found it hugely rewarding, and it's by far my favourite parkrun volunteer role. Being allowed to bark out some "motivational" stuff at my fellow runners makes me feel like a real running coach, and nobody has told me to button it - not yet anyway. From talking to those who've finished around me afterwards, I've found that people don't just use pacers for PB chasing - people are coming back from injury, or childbirth, or have been out of practice at running faster times, or have just convinced themselves that they can't achieve a time of XX any more, and fancy one last crack at it. Whatever the reason, I enjoy the chance to chivvy people along, and I hope that people don't mind me nagging them too much! I'm normally a fairly quiet runner, and it's provided me with an occasion to step out of my own comfort zone…. …which rather nicely leads me onto the other big topic of the day.

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When you write run reports, you don't usually get a brief, but I thought
I'd get into trouble if I didn't mention that this was our last Woodley
parkrun for a while. As you should be aware by now, we are having to
close for a few weeks as the path around the pond will be closed for
renovation / redevelopment / reworking. Our collective expectation is
that the pond is going to look rather wonderful once the works are
completed, but as the path around the pond is such a key element of our
course, and you can't realistically hold a 5k running event in Woodford
Park without negotiating it, it's only right for us to close down for
the period, and come back when it's all done. The estimated duration is
around four to six weeks, so we're certainly all done for February, but
we should start having some updates in March as to progress made, and
consequent dates for resumption.

Naturally I will be looking to continue my parkrunning at other venues,
but this is going to be a bit of a jolt to me and my getting out of bed
at 8.45 routine, I think I may have to be up by 8.30 to get to either
Reading or Dinton. Either way though, this is a chance for us all to
visit some exotic locations (who am I kidding, I'll bound to be at
Dinton or TVP most weeks).

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Do please also be aware that Woodley juniors will still be on throughout
the period of works, meeting at the Astro football pitch on the top
field. Their 2km course is changing but they are still going ahead every
Sunday, and would welcome any volunteers during the period.

So please - keep checking into Woodley parkrun's Facebook page, keep
doing whatever it is that people do on Twitter, bookmark our web page
and keep checking it for more updates. Keep a record of any parkrun
tourism that you do, and send in photos, particularly if you go
touristing in fancy dress, and we'll see you all again when it's all
done…..

Heres the STATS:

This week 358 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

David SAYER • Stuart Alan HUMPHRIES • Katherine WEST • Nicola CHADWICK • Kerri FRENCH • Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Rhona Louise SOUTHERTON • Joanne KENT • Andy LORING • Malcolm FILLINGHAM • Richard MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Vicki KENT • Rob WIDDIS • Owen LLOYD • Kate PATTENDEN • Sarah HILLING • David DIBBEN • Lesley QUINN • Stan PATTENDEN • Peter KEEN • Katie PERKINS • Tim LOWE • Jessica DOLAN • Simon ARTHUR • Yvette TYE • Ian MCGUINNESS • Michael PARKINSON • Claire SOUTHERTON • Sarah BATE • Ben BRADSHAW • Adele CARTER • Gavin MEAD • Owen CHARD • Celia HORSKINS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 25th December 2018 (event number 330).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 9,307 participants have completed 85,627 parkruns covering a total distance of 428,135 km, including 14,370 new Personal Bests. A total of 786 individuals have volunteered 6,961 times.

 

The Cancelled One

After a course inspection, we have decided to cancel Woodley parkrun tomorrow (2nd February). The course is currently not runnable, and with more snow and freezing temperatures forecast, we cannot imagine it will be safe to run on in the morning. Do check online to see which other parkruns are going ahead.
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Woodley parkrun #336 26th Jan 2019 – there’s no run report, but there is news…..

Alas, no run report this week. Even more alas, there was no photographer either. Please don't feel that you have to be part of the gang to do either of these roles, anyone can do them, and you don't necessarily have to give up your run to do them, just let us know if you'd like to volunteer.

While we have your attention though...you may be aware that Woodford Park is undergoing a regeneration process. In recent weeks we have seen the hedges at the end of the pond cut right back, and new timber supports added to the bank side. Further stages of development will include a pathway all the way around the pond at pond level (it's possible to see the early stages of it currently), and also a walkway across the middle (not a shortcut!). Whilst these works are taking place, it is planned that the current path around the pond will be partially closed.

To this end, your Event Team has considered all course options including rerouting, relocating or cancelling for the duration of the works. Unfortunately, the upshot is that we are having to temporarily close the event for at least a couple of weeks. We will be cancelled on 16th February and 23rd February, and if further cancellations are required we will of course keep all of you updated. Please keep reading the news, watching our social media channels and listening to the Run Briefs.

You can find more about the planned works here: http://www.woodley.gov.uk/projects-consultations/woodford-park-lake

Here's the stats from Saturday: This week 357 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Dean ALLAWAY • Bruce SARJENT • Stuart Alan HUMPHRIES • Joanne HENDRIE-HENDERSON • David Howard CASWELL • Kerri FRENCH • Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Amanda HALL • Andy LORING • Samantha WHALLEY • Andrew SANSOM • Louise EMBLING • Rob WIDDIS • David DIBBEN • Lesley QUINN • Alice CARPENTER • Gia MIDDLETON • Katheryn SUMNER • Simon ARTHUR • Michael PARKINSON • Jo BARTON • Iain MACKENZIE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 25th December 2018 (event number 330).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 9,286 participants have completed 85,269 parkruns covering a total distance of 426,345 km, including 14,328 new Personal Bests. A total of 783 individuals have volunteered 6,926 times.

 

Woodley parkrun #335 19th Jan 2019 – exhaustion and elation

Run Report by: Andy BEST
Photos by: Kevin LEWINGTON
Published by: Chris DREW

Sadly, there’s no official Run Report writer this week, which is a
shame as (a) we love to hear about Woodley parkrun from lots of
different perspectives, and (b) You’ll now need to put up with a few
words from me instead!

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I was lucky enough to be the Run Director for this week and last, which
is sometimes a challenge but always great fun and I’m supported by a
great team of very capable volunteers. This was immediately useful this
week as I did arrive a little late but was delighted to see the set up
team of Kevin, Brian and Louise waiting outside the Leisure Centre with
the parkrun kit carefully collectd and ready to go! So, once the course
was set up and the rest of the volunteers all briefed we were ready to
go. We have to thank the parkrun weather fairies once more, as although
the weather was certainly cool, and there was a brief period of light
drizzle beforehand, at parkrun o’clock the drizzle had abated and all
was well.

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I did hear some rumours that a few parkrunners might have stepped on the
plinth of the War Memorial this week, but I find this hard to believe
– however, if there is any truth in this rumour, please be careful not
to do this. This might mean you have to hold back a little or go a
little wider when there’s lots of people on the first lap, but it’s
a very small price to pay.

From a Run Director perspective, Saturday’s run was fantastic as there
were lots of people who were all having a great time; there were no
incidents to report; all the volunteers were fabulous; and the
timekeepers and tokens were in total synchronisation which made the
results processing very easy. There were, sadly, a few people who
forgot their barcode (#DFYB) and who were recorded as unknown … but
only one of them who didn’t seem to be aware of the ‘no barcode, no
time, no exception’ ruling.

My favourite time when run directing is perhaps ten minutes after the
start, when, if you do a complete 360 degree look from the middle of the
park you can see parkrunners everywhere you look – it’s great!

Anyhow, after a little over seventeen minutes, and for the next 32
minutes after that, you were all crossing the finish line in various
states of exhaustion and elation (and most things in between). For the
vast majority of you, your ‘finish faces’ will have been recorded by
Kevin and his camera and you can find all the photos in our photos link
here on the website. But here are a few of my favourites from this
week:-

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So, thanks everyone for another Woodley parkrun, I’ll be looking
forward to my next RD stint in a few weeks time, and here’s the
official statistics for this week …

This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • Bruce SARJENT • John Paul YOUNG • Jenny BOXWELL • Andy BEST • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Chris DREW • Sara Jane BEST • Alan THOMAS • Samantha WHALLEY • Vicki KENT • Louise EMBLING • Kevin LEWINGTON • Tim LOWE • Carly BARROW • Rob THOMPSON • Peter GLASS • Brian OXBROUGH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Kirsty WALKER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 25th December 2018 (event number 330).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 9,270 participants have completed 84,912 parkruns covering a total distance of 424,560 km, including 14,296 new Personal Bests. A total of 783 individuals have volunteered 6,903 times.

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